vasmakk wrote:Will those upgrades include kernel upgrades too ?
I mean if I install LM 17 now, and some (unimportant) hardware of my machine is not supported by the current kernel (3.13.0-24)...
is it possible to wake-up one day and see a new kernel (3.15.x) and the same hardware supported, after e.g. an upgrade to LM 17.x ?
Likely yes. The way kernels are handled in the updater has already been revised (as of Mint 16). Ubuntu's kernel updates in previous Mint releases were hidden as a "level 5" update. Now the Mint team can now provide their own kernel updates any time, for 16 and later releases. I have not had official confirmation, but I assume this will happen with the half-yearly point releases.
By the way, LTS editions already have some newer kernels available in Synaptic. In Mint 13, kernel versions roughly equivalent to those of 14, 15 (and 16?) can be found there, for manual installation. That means, Linux 3.5, 3.8 and 3.11.
So, even if Mint does not yet provide an updated kernel, you should be able to find the kernel versions used in Ubuntu's half-yearly releases there. Also, it is easy to upgrade your kernel yourself using this how-to: viewtopic.php?f=42&t=40185
As you see there are a lot of possibilities to get newer hardware working. But I am quite sure the Mint team will provide newer kernels easily with future releases.